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Frequently asked questions

1) Which scales are offered?

All of our instrument models are offered in some well established Minor scales, basically of Aeolian origin.
For some reason, Minor scales fit best to these instrument types.

Perseus scales are:
Integral D / Ursa Minor C / Celtic Minor B.
Earlier scales on request.

Pentasonic scales are:
Ake Bono (high-voice) A / Cloud Voyage Bb / Melog-Selisir A.

You can always ask for more scales as simple shifts of the standard formation easily lead to further moods.

Tuning to 432 Hz is always possible, just ask.


2) Do your Steel Tongue Drums are delivered with a bag?

Only on request.
Many players use our instruments stationary.
To avoid unnecessary item production and shipping, the decision for a bag should be made additionally.

Watch out for Snare Drum bags.
Pentasonic fits to 10"x6" / Nexus to 12"x6" / Perseus to 14"x5.5".


3) How long lasts guarantee?

Based on law: 2 years.
Based on our feeling of responsibility: always

As long as our business exists we ensure the functionality of your instrument.
Except cases of rude impact of force we retune frequencies if necessary
without fee.

Complications with our instruments are very rare.
In any case: ask us!


4) Are there more services for my instrument?

Our additional service encompasses
slight retuning of the tongues,
repolishing of the surface,
440-to-432-Hz-retuning,
and down-tuning of single tongues to achieve a different scale.

We try to keep these prices fair and proportional.


5) Where are your instruments produced?

We produce in Germany.
Even the largest amount of precursing production steps are made here.

Iron, Nickel and Chrome are produced worldwide.
Melting and flattening to stainless steel sheets are made by companies from Germany and Finland.

Forming and lasering is made in Germany.
Welding is made in Germany.
Heating, cutting, coarse tuning, fine tuning, timbre filtering and grinding are made by us.

Since decades our partners ensure high quality results
in treating stainless steel material.
This fits well to our claim on well-balanced sound
that we want to provide for your pleasure.

We feel no aspiration to evolve instruments for cheapness or
consumption maximization.


6) How a Steel Tongue Drum is played?

Sound is generated by hitting a tongue with finger, hand or mallet.
The vibration of a tongue is instantaniously amplified
by the material and by resonance inside the hollow drum body.

Put your instrument on your lap, on a pillow or on a Snare Drum stand.


7) What is the history of the Steel Tongue Drum?

Inspired by PANArt's "Hang" and by Felle Vega's "Tambiro", Dennis Havlena created the first Steel Tongue Drum in 2007. He shared his knowledge of how to create such an instrument out of an usual propane gas tank.

Since then, numerous people worlwide constructed self-made Steel Tongue Drums. Apart from the charm of old, rusty, solid propane tanks, some people began to create such instruments from fresh components.

Liquid Light Acoustics complements the worldwide range with unique design-concepts and quality in sound and service.

About Liquid Light Acoustics

Liquid Light Acoustics was initiated to share the fascination of modern steel sound bodies, and to tribute its evolution in time.

Instruments are patiently shaped with love to detail and optimized sound.

Visual, acoustical and mechanical features are steadily improved for a wide range of playing techniques and possible morphing sound sculptures.

Liquid Light Acoustics is based in Potsdam / Germany.
If you ever visit Berlin, do not hesitate to request a meeting.

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